Allen Leech talks the return of Maggie Smith, the appearance of Shirley MacLaine, the timeline for Season 3 and his taste (or not) for reality TV.
Shall I stay,
would it be a sin,
if I can’t help falling in love with you (x)
Allen Leech and Amy Nuttall talk about Season 3 of the show after the TRIC Awards 2012 (Television and Radio Industries Club) where Downton Abbey won best HD drama programme of the year.
He’s a Socialist and a chauffeur. She’s a feminist and a socialite. Feisty and informed, Tom Branson and Lady Sybil Crawley share a love of progressive politics in Ye Olde England. They also share a tonne of URST: unresolved sexual tension. As fans of the deliciously melodramatic Downton Abbey, we pray the star-crossed lovebirds will overcome their class barrier and give in to their URST. But URST is not just the stuff of story, even though the term is an invention of storytellers. We’re willing to bet you have it with someone right now. The question is, should you take a gamble? When to play and when to fold?
Resolving URST is the heart and soul of every romance narrative. We know from the second our heros lay eyes on each other, be they in Forkes or Yorkshire, that they must,they absolutely must lock lips is a very sexy way. So when we feel those same heart-racing moments—furtive glances across the water cooler, three-word text messages that seem impossibly cryptic—surely that’s our bodies and brains telling us to act? Surely there could be nothing better than crossing the line into very sexy territory? Actually, there is something better. URST.
URST makes life fun. It turns ordering another Sauv Blanc from that Clooney-esque bartender into a heart-racing adventure or handing in a boring report to your not-at-all-boring co-worker into a banter-fuelled flirt-fest. But what you don’t see happening on the silver screen is the fact that once you resolve that URST, it’s gone. For good. You’ve spoken the subtext. You’ve revealed the metaphorical Wizard of Oz, and he’s turned out to be a tiny man. Plus, if your URST is with someone who’s otherwise spoken for or you are, be prepared to replace white-hot lust with dull-grey guilt. Tom Branson could lose his chauffeuring job, and if you think the economy is bad now, try looking for a driving gig when there are about twenty cars in existence.
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